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Vocabulary sets the scene for political change.

Humour can be equally as impaling as blasphemy.
 |  Gerry Church  |  ,

Anger can be an expensive luxury – Italian Proverb

None of us need to experience a behavioural pattern that demonstrates vileness.

It has always been advocated that vulgarity is a poor way to express any point being made when expressing in English. English has a vast lexicon of words that are more encouraging and denigrating; and when used correctly can drive home the message meant to be sent and received. The downfall is often that the recipient does not have a clue what is being said to them.

Humour teases us to find a way of expressing a thought or a message without resorting to “baseness”.   One always thinks of the baseness of commonly used vocabulary as a lazy, economy-based use of expression.

Mayor Len Salt’s expression is a pure example of arrogance, poor wordage skills and negligible diplomacy.

Here are a couple of examples that he could have considered.

Sample one:

Dear Mr JQ Public,

I/we cannot disclose personal details of our staff members due to privacy and security concerns. If you have any official inquiries, please direct them through proper channels. Thank you for understanding.

Kind regards,

Len, Mayor of Thames-Coromandel District Council

Sample two:

Dear Mr JQ Public,

I hope this message finds you in the best of spirits. Your recent inquiry regarding the personal details of our esteemed staff has certainly sparked a lively discussion here at the Thames-Coromandel District Council. After careful consideration and consultation with our team, I regret to inform you that we are unable to fulfil your request.

However, I must commend your creativity in crafting such a unique inquiry. It’s not every day we receive requests of this nature!

Alas, we have to prioritize the privacy and well-being of our dedicated staff members.

Should you have any non-invasive questions or concerns related to the council’s activities, I would be more than happy to assist you within the bounds of ethical communication.

Wishing you a day filled with unexpected joys and pleasant surprises.

Warm regards,

Len, Mayor of Thames-Coromandel District Council


Obviously sample two would be the more effective option as humour can be equally as impaling as blasphemy.

Gerry Church Whitianga